Notebook for March 2

March 2, 2011

This week's notes are excited about being back after a one-week hiatus but are wondering what to fit into a tight space this week.

• Congratulations are in order to Dalton Frazier who will be playing in this year's Les Schwab Bowl (and will be joining Ray Niko of The Dalles as the participants from the Gorge) in the annual summer football game that serves as a last hurrah of sorts for some of the state's best football players. Frasier was selected to the team as a defensive back.

• Frazier and Niko will be playing for the South team, because as you know, Hood River and The Dalles are among the southernmost locations in the state. Meanwhile players from Sandy and Sherwood are on the North team. I'm not a geography expert, but that makes no sense. By North the game organizers mean Portland metro area and by South they mean the rest of the state.

So Kirby Neumann-Rea and I put our heads together for some new names. How about Hippies vs. Hayseeds? Hipsters vs. Cowboys? Birkenstocks vs. Boots? I've got a few more, but I don't think I can print them. Got any better suggestions? Send them my way.

• While Robert Frasier was winning a state title over the weekend, two former Eagles have also had some success on the mats recently.

Sean Baker, wrestling for Yakima Valley Community College, made it through three rounds of the consolation bracket at the National Junior College championships. Baker got a bye in the first round, won 8-7 in the second and 13-3 in the third before losing 3-2 in the next round.

On Feb. 20 Lucas Mondragon, a walk-on at Oregon State University, took fourth place at the Boxer Invitational at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Mondragon won his first two matches before losing. He then advanced to the consolation finals, where he lost 3-1 in overtime.

Hat tip to the Hood River Valley wrestling team's Facebook page for the leads on those two notes.

• Finally, for your trivia: Which two major league baseball teams played the inaugural game of Arizona's spring training Cactus League? The Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants in 1951. The Indians won 3-1.

That is reason No. 15 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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